Spring Farm Parkway plans divide pollies

Link road: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian visited Menangle to make the announcement of stage 2 planning funding with candidates Nathaniel Smith and Peter Sidgreaves. Picture: Chris Lane
Link road: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian visited Menangle to make the announcement of stage 2 planning funding with candidates Nathaniel Smith and Peter Sidgreaves. Picture: Chris Lane

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian last week pledged more funds for the planning of a major link road in Macarthur, but one local candidate is far from impressed with the latest announcement.

The Premier and the Liberal candidates for Wollondilly and Camden visited Menangle to announce $16 million to plan stage 2 of the Spring Farm Parkway.

However, Camden independent candidate Andrew Simpson said the delivery of link road was overdue and pointed out that the stretch of road planned for stage 1 had actually shrunk since the first announcement was made in 2015.

"The Roads and Maritime Services website showed the original plans for stage 1 were for 2.5 kilometres of road, and it's now less than one kilometre," he said.

"I've said in the past that this road needs to be accelerated and there's no reason the whole project can't be delivered in the next term of government."

Mr Simpson said the community deserved this important road - which links Menangle to Spring Farm - as a matter of urgency and the latest announcement was not up to scratch.

"I think the community has been taken for granted," he said. "Landcom, in their plans for Menangle, called for this road in 2008."

Mr Simpson said the road should be built with all six lanes at once, to avoid a repeat of the slow upgrade that Macarthur motorists faced when Narellan Road was widened.

Last week's announcement also revealed the Stage 1 plans would be opened for community consultation.

Ms Berejiklian said the government's "strong financial management" had allowed "critically important" infrastructure like the Spring Farm Parkway to "support the region as it grows during the next 20 years".

When Wollondilly liberal candidate Nathaniel Smith was asked how the latest announcement improved upon the one first made in 2015, he said: "I was not the candidate in 2015".

"We're committed to taking this through the right processes and opening up the plans for community consultation," he said.

Camden liberal candidate Peter Sidgreaves said the Parkway was vital to residents of all three Macarthur LGAs. He said 16 per cent of Camden workers left the region for work every day - a number which will only grow in the coming years - and providing an alternative to Narellan Road and Gregory Hills Drive was hugely important.

The project timeline detailed on the RMS website does not give any construction start or completion dates.

Visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-west/spring-farm-parkway for community consultation information.